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Bell, T(homas)

The ruins of Liveden; with historical notices of the family of Tresham, and its connexion with the Gunpowder Plot, etc. etc. etc., to which is added a legendary poem.

London, Whittaker and Co. 1848.

Reference: 8209
Price: £295 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (2)+72pp, tinted aquatint frontis, (3) tinted aquatint plates, folding genealogical table, printed in red and black throughout. Contemporary full calf, a little worn at extremities, lower corners slightly bumped. Repaired for tear to corner of one leaf and tear to fold of genealogical table, both without loss. Some foxing to plates and adjacent leaves. Engraved armorial bookplate of Jane Young, Barnwell (Thomas Bell’s home town), with her ink ownership inscription dated 1851 on front free endpaper, later ink ownership inscription of Beilby (?) Thompson.

A scarce volume which offers a lively description of the remarkable ruins of Sir Thomas Tresham’s Elizabethan houses, known as Lyveden New and Old Bield, by the Northamptonshire antiquary, historian and poet Thomas Bell. Tresham and his family were Catholic, and persecuted for their Catholic faith, but Tresham used the architecture of these and other buildings to symbolise Catholic mysticism. They were abandoned after his heir was executed for his part in the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Bell provides descriptions and views of the buildings, and a history of the family, and contributes a poem inspired by the ruins.